There is nothing better than having a pot of soup simmering on the stove on a cold winter day, or in this case soup simmering in the slow cooker. I recently made this hearty and healthy soup during our cold snap and it was yummy and warmed our little tummy. I love soupie soup, so funny, hubby has to have crackers nearby and crushes them into the soup and makes himself kind of a mush. I guess he prefers more texture.
1 lb boneless beef sirloin steak
4 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
1 cup water
1 cup lentils, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup coarsely chopped red sweet pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup sliced celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/3 cup snipped fresh parsley
Trim fat from meat. Cut into 3/4-inch pieces. For a richer soup, cook beef in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned; otherwise, use uncooked meat. Place in a 3-1/2 or 4-quart slow cooker. Stir in broth, lentils, water, sweet pepper, onion, carrot, celery, garlic, cumin and cayenne.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 3-1/2 to 4 hours or LOW for 7 to 8 hours. Stir in parsley; ladle soup into bowls.